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Jason McDonald
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YouTube is going #socialmedia. But is it too late for any Google property to really succeed? http://bit.ly/2cGbyaN
“YouTube has always thought of itself as being about video, but for many of us it’s mostly been about community,” – Hank Green, founder and CEO of VidCon a
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NY Times interactive infographic on how much of your personal info has been hacked. http://nyti.ms/2d60G3R Yikes!
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What Makes a Website Trustworthy to Google?
Google search quality guidelines. The humans have spoken as to what makes a website SEO 'trustworthy!' http://selnd.com/29r7yHm
Google search quality guidelines. The humans have spoken as to what makes a website SEO 'trustworthy!' http://selnd.com/29r7yHm
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Google Analytics Tag Manager - Check It
Check your site for the Google Analytics tracking code (or the new, Google Tag Manager). http://www.gachecker.com/
Check your site for the Google Analytics tracking code (or the new, Google Tag Manager). http://www.gachecker.com/
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Be a Social Media Marketer. It's a Great Time!
Reason why it's a great, fantastic, fun, wonderful time to be a #socialmedia marketer. http://tinyurl.com/h79auwq
Reason why it's a great, fantastic, fun, wonderful time to be a #socialmedia marketer. http://tinyurl.com/h79auwq
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Job Search & Career-building Workbook - Review
Job Search & Career-building Workbook has been reviewed! http://bit.ly/1Pg3GoD
Job Search & Career-building Workbook has been reviewed! http://bit.ly/1Pg3GoD
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Google's Manual Penalties
Just in case you want to be paranoid. Read how Google penalizes what it sees as evil-doers.  http://bit.ly/2d61ZQb North Korea just called.
Just in case you want to be paranoid. Read how Google penalizes what it sees as evil-doers. http://bit.ly/2d61ZQb North Korea just called.
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Google AdWords Quality Score - Some Tips from Google
Google #AdWords quality score. Some tips from Google on writing better ads. http://bit.ly/28UD3Ix   (Take with a grain of salt, however).
Google #AdWords quality score. Some tips from Google on writing better ads. http://bit.ly/28UD3Ix (Take with a grain of salt, however).
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The Outrage Machine: Public Shaming on the Internet
The outrage machine. Public shaming via Twitter, FB, etc. by NYTimes. http://tinyurl.com/gsfa4m4 Really worth watching!
The outrage machine. Public shaming via Twitter, FB, etc. by NYTimes. http://tinyurl.com/gsfa4m4 Really worth watching!
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Snapchat Sells Soul to Devil (Just Kidding, It's Advertising!)
Snapchat launches (new) ad format, sells soul to devil including its youth audience (just kidding). http://bit.ly/1YmZZ7M
Snapchat launches (new) ad format, sells soul to devil including its youth audience (just kidding). http://bit.ly/1YmZZ7M
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Google's Self-Driving Cars Learn to Honk
Google teaches it's self-driving cars to honk. http://bit.ly/22CLkpB  Next up, they'll revisit Google Local and fix that interface.
Google teaches it's self-driving cars to honk. http://bit.ly/22CLkpB Next up, they'll revisit Google Local and fix that interface.
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SEO Consultant, Social Media Marketing corporate trainer, Food Snob, and Wannabe Author
Skills
Making complicated things like SEO simple. Taking boring stuff and making it funny. Analogies.
Employment
  • JM Internet Group
    SEO Consultant and Tech Journalist, present
    Director, in charge of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Social Media Marketing, and AdWords training and consulting. I provide both online training and in-person workshops.
  • eg3.com
    Senior Editor, 2012
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San Francisco, CA
Previously
Tulsa, Oklahoma - San Jose, CA - Berkeley, CA - Budapest, Hungary - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - San Antonio, TX
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415-655-1071
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1230 Market St #709, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Tag! You're it! Let's explain SEO, Social Media, AdWords and have some fun people!
Introduction
I lead SEO Training Online for the JM Internet Group, and also conduct Social Media training classes.  I also teach live classes in SEO, Social Media Marketing and Google AdWords at AcademyX and Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco and at Stanford University, continuing studies.  I do lots of corporate workshops and trainings on SEO, Social Media, and AdWords and can even (hush hush) act as an SEO expert witness.

My Ph.D. is from U.C. Berkeley, and my B.A. is from Harvard. My MRS is my partner in crime and in life and my KIDS are what gives meaning to my life along with my PARENTS who are not an acronym but rather the two most wonderful Jedi masters I have so far encountered.

I really enjoy teaching Internet Marketing; so if you have questions, please reach out to me by email or call me at 415-655-1071. Happy to help!
Bragging rights
I have survived the dot-com bubble, the post dot-com bubble, and the housing bubble (sort of).
Education
  • School of Hard Knocks
    SEO & Social Media, present
    I am currently enrolled in the School of Hard Knocks - meaning, lessons (my friend) are not taught, they are learned. I am 'learning' SEO, Social Media Marketing, and AdWords by doing it. Never stop learning. Never give up. Never surrender. (Galaxy Quest).
  • Harvard University
    SEO and Social Media Marketing (with Al Gore), 1981 - 1985
    Tried to hook up with Bill Clinton while at Harvard but he was... uh... too busy for Al and me, so we invented the Internet instead. (Bill was very interested in IRC for some reason).
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Creation of the Internet (with Al Gore), 1986 - 1992
    At UC Berkeley - GO BEARS - I tried to hunt down Bill Clinton again but was stuck with Robert Reich, so he and I invented an algorithm to do fact checking on those who never really understood what C+I-X-M meant.
  • Booker T. Washington High School
    High School (with Al Gore), 1977 - 1981
    GO HORNETS! The best high school in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, in the USA, and in the World.
  • Carver Middle School
    1977
    GO I CAN'T REMEMBER OUR MASCOT! But I did learn a lot about peanuts.
  • Burroughs Elementary School
    GO oh heck we were just in elementary school! But it was Burroughs Little School, the 1970s and voluntary desegregation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, of which I am a very proud participant.
  • The Womb
    Prior to elementary school, I was just a kid. Really are you reading my Google+ profile at this level of detail. You are creeping me out. Now go back to work, really! I mean it!
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January 14
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Other names
Not Jason MacDonald, Martial Artist, Not related to McDonald's Restaurant, Really? You have enough time to read my G+ profile?, Get back to work. Move along people, nothing to see here.
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Facebook's Latest Update Shows It Wants to Beat Twitter at News | WIRED
www.wired.com

Twitter has become one of the easiest, fastest ways to get and disseminate the news. Facebook wants to change that.

Your Guide to Structured Snippets for SEO - SEW
searchenginewatch.com

Structured snippets are going to change the way people find information on the Web.

+1 Button - Google+ Platform — Google Developers
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You can add and customize the +1 button to meet the needs of your website, such as modifying the button size and load technique. By adding t

Google: The One Trick Pony
www.jasonplus.org

Today's New York Times has an article about the frustration of Wall Street with Google. Frustration? How can that be? Google is a "cash cow,

5 Ways to Beat Your Competitors With Killer PPC Ad Copy
unbounce.com

Want to write winning PPC ad copy? Look beyond the “best practices” that everyone is using with these 5 tips.

Penguin: Google's Punitive Algorithm - And A Call To Google To Fix It
searchengineland.com

For many years, a staple of my discussions with people who had been penalized by Google was the following advice: “Don’t worry — at Google,

Keyword suggestion tool — Google suggest scraper — Übersuggest
ubersuggest.org

Get thousands keywords ideas in a minute with this amazing keyword suggestion tool: Übersuggest is Google Suggest on steroids!

What is Link Building? - SEW
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The bare bones definition of link building is: the process of going out of your way to find great links. But link building is far more than

Google+ At 3 Years Old: Not A Ghost Town, But A Social Referral Graveyard
marketingland.com

Let’s put it aside from the get-go: Google+ is not a ghost town. Without a doubt there are millions of people who use and value the social n

6 Common Myths About Sharing on Facebook
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What and when are your fans sharing on Facebook? These are important questions for any page manager to ask. This infographic debunks a few m

The Science of Virality [Infographic]
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What makes things go viral? Answer that question and you could have millions of views, hits, clicks, and links. All the glitz and glamour wi

Google Drops Profile Photos, Google+ Circle Count From Authorship In Sea...
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Google’s John Mueller has announced that Google is making a major change in the search results around authorship. Specifically, Google is dr

The war on Amazon is Big Publishing's 1% moment. What about other writer...
www.theguardian.com

More people are buying more books than ever, and more people are making a living by writing them. Why do millionaire authors want to destroy

Learnings From SMX London: The Impact Of Social On Search
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SEOs and Social Marketers speculate on the impact that Social Media marketing has on how well their websites perform in search results. Ther

Why Content Really Isn’t King and What Actually Is…
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Ever come across a great blog post or slideshare and be surprised that it only has a handful of retweets or shares? Maybe you’ve created gre

5 Googley SEO Terms – Do They Mean What You Think They Mean?
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Robots.txt. Google DNS. Penguin, Panda, and penalties. Duplicate content filter. PageRank. You've heard all these terms, but these words hav

Jimmy was recommended to us by a good friend. He came out, gave a very reasonable estimate. He and his crew worked on our house for about 2.5 days; they were very thorough with wood rot and repairs, as well as calking and other items to be fixed. Absolutely excellent work and I highly recommend using Jimmy if you are in the Fremont / Newark / Union City area!
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
My wife and I stayed here because we had tickets to see a taping of the 'Big Bang Theory' at the nearby Universal Studios (Bazinga!). I was a bit reluctant because it's a converted old-school motel, and I am not partial to either orange or tangerines. Not to mention traffic or smog. But I am very partial to Sheldon, and I had no choice. So, my spot abandoned, I proceeded to stock up on tissues and disinfectant (and that was just for SouthWest airlines). We found The Tangerine very close to Burbank Airport, which seems like it was used in the movie Casablanca (which we later learned had shots taken at Warner Bros. studios)... A quick rental car ride later, we arrived. It was 12:05 pm. The friendly hotel employee looked suspiciously like Ricky Ricardo. He smiled, looked down at his watch and said, "Hm. It's 12:05 pm. Check in is 1:00 pm." Panicked, I looked for my spot on the orange couch nearby... but could not find it. He then called someone on a radio (or was it a 1990s cell phone?), and Bazinga! they found a room for us. We climbed the stairs, and I noticed that strangely this retro 1950s property lacked an elevator. I quickly identified my emergency exits, and we entered our room. I believe it was 233 - a corner room. The room was - surprise - orange, and looked like it was from a much fancier hotel than a 1950s motel. I entered. I looked around: luxury. I exited. Closed the door. Looked around: 1950s Cuba-style motel. I re-entered: luxury. I exited: Cuba. I re-entered: luxury. My wife told me to stop. I pondered whether bed bugs might exist in this hotel, or whether we might have picked them up on SouthWest airlines as our carry-on snuggled next to that suspicious woman wearing slick black pants. No bed bugs, assured me, my wife. We unpacked. I noted that the WiFi was excellent (strange, I thought, for a 1950s motel to have WiFi - could it be original?). Left for the Big Bang theory taping... our GPS indicated it was an 8 minute walk: so we drove. We arrived and witnessed the performance. I waived at Sheldon. He did not wave back. I saw my spot. All was well with the world. We left and went to Bob's Big Burger (very near to The Tangerine) and I thought of Austin Powers... thinking that Bob's Big Burger had gone out of business, but really it had never left. "Where was Dr. Evil now?", I pondered. We returned to The Tangerine, slept (and perhaps did other sorts of adult behaviors - you'll never know), packed up and left. Thank you, Tangerine, for a wonderful hotel experience in Burbank, California. Here's lookin' at you, kid.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
An Incredible Museum, Especially the Rodin Statues! If you are a fan of sculpture, of Rodin, or just need a great small but incredible museum in the south Bay Area - this is your place. Located on the Stanford campus, the Cantor Art Center does not disappoint. It's not huge - it's not the Met, but it's an intimate museum with some incredible gems of art. First and foremost, go there for Rodin. They have an unbelievable collection - including one, of only two, "Gates of Hell" located in North America. So now I know - as a Cal person GO BEARS - that truly the Gates of Hell are nearby - on the Stanford Campus. Seriously, take some time and ponder all the symbolism and incredible art in the Gates of Hell plus the other Rodin's scattered in the museum. Beyond Rodin, it has many wonderful works of art, especially in the European collection. It's handicap-friendly, open most days, and - wait for it - FREE. So a cheap, intellectual date on the Stanford Campus - you cannot go wrong.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Gosh! Garage doors are expensive! I'm old enough to remember when - gasp! many people opened their own garage doors, by hand. And we had to GET UP to change the channel on the TV. Really. Did you know that HANG UP the phone comes to us because people used to literally use their hands / arms and "hang up" the phone onto a receiver? Yes they did. (I bet if you were born after 1990 you had no idea...) But nowadays, we are addicted to our devices. God forbid we get out of our cars and open our garage doors with physical labor. Or get out and go INTO McDonald's rather than thru the drive thru. But I digress. Oh yes, garage doors. They're expensive. GARAGE DOORS MOTORS - THEY DIE AND GO TO GARAGE DOOR HEAVEN Our aging model DIED about 5 months ago, and Hector of Precision Garage Door came out to us in Fremont, and fixed it. It was not cheap. But the service was fantastic, and he did a wonderful job. He even took it away, and I am sure gave it a proper burial and sent it off to garage door heaven (otherwise known as recycling). GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS - THEY DIE AND GO TO GARAGE DOOR SPRING HEAVEN Then just a few days ago BANG the spring broke. Another quickie call, and out came Hector. Again, not cheap. But that's life in the Big City. I am sure our Springs have now joined the motor in garage door heaven, where life is just one big lubrication of WD-40 and free electricity. REALITY: THE PRICE THE SERVICE THE EXPERIENCE I think the price is competitive with the market, but the service is very, very good, and based on all the other Yelp reviews, as well as my own experience I would recommend this company. And - just so you are not the typical American, struggling with weight and bad health (I can do better, too) - I promise. Try this - 1) Get OUT of your car and go INTO McDonalds. 2) Get UP out of your couch and walk over to the TV to change the channel. 3) Get OUT of your car and GO IN through your front door. Take a walk in nature. Love the earth. YES I love my Garage Door. YES it's wonderfully convenient, but YES I like everyone else would do well to be more physically active, enjoy nature, and then really appreciate the miracles of modern life: 7-11 big gulps, drive-thru's, remote controls, and garage doors. Thank you Precision Garage Door! I have a working, quiet wonderful garage door.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Finally, Niles gets a decent breakfast place. Really good coffee, eggs, pancakes and a variety of specialties. But - best of all - very friendly service. On weekends, there is already a line to this place but during the week it's easy to get a table. Highly recommended if you are in Niles.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Excellent pediatrician. Highly recommend her. Friendly, fun, super smart.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Blown away. That is the only way I can describe this incredible gem of a museum in what the snobbish coastal people would call "the middle of nowhere." The architecture of the museum itself is amazing. It's integrated in a lovely setting, like boats on a sea. A natural creek runs thru the museum, and the leafy green of Arkansas floats through high glass walls. Incredible. The collection, while not large, is set up chronologically with brilliant pieces. I was stunned by an Audobon of a family of turkeys. Brilliant. Plus famous portraits of George Washington, and in the modern part of the museum an assortment of modern artists like Warhol or Georgia O'Keeffe. I highly recommend taking a museum tour. Our guide gave us a healthy dose of Arkansas hospitality and was knowledgeable about the museum and its treasures. If you are ANYWHERE within a 200 mile radius, it is worth a day trip. It's even worth a destination to Arkansas, where you can enjoy the hot springs and the fine folks of this beautiful state. I believe that they call it "the Natural state."
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago